I legit cannot help but say “sorted” and “house” instead of “placed” and “residential college.” The long wait for roommates and residential college assignments has finally ended and I’m going to be in the best college! Trumbull College! More excited than ever for August! 51 more til Cultural Connections. 57 until Move-In Day.
AMAZING day. I am so proud of the Brentwood High School Class of 2011. The largest graduating class in over twenty years! Cannot be more in love and so proud of my “extended family” (quoting Ije’s speech <3). It was a great day to celebrate all that we accomplished in high school.
The ceremony didn’t end without a surprise: I was awarded the United States Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award. It totally caught me off guard. My dad always wanted me to be a top athlete, but I always focused on my education more. Winning this made me so proud to show my dad. I might not have been the all-star athlete like my sister, but I know this brought tears to his eyes and he was the proudest dad in the world at that moment. This is all for you big guy.
I always thought how amazing it would be to finally graduate high school. It always seemed so far away to me, but today it’s finally here. Today, I’m going to be graduating fourth in my class with highest honors. Today, I’m going to be receiving my diploma along with over a thousand of my classmates. Today, I’m going to be the first male in my family to graduate high school and go on to college.
These four years have been a complete blessing to me. Sure, not every day was full of rainbows and unicorns, but overall I am in shock at what I was able to do in high school. From being captain of my swimming team to being secretary of Honor Society, I Loved every moment of whatever activity I was in. I was given the opportunity to conduct research, and out of that I gained two lifelong friends and awards that I never knew were obtainable at such a young age. I yearned to push myself forward and help others around me, and through my time in high school, I’m proud to say I was able to do that.
This school year in particular has been unbelievable. I will be the first student in my school to attend Yale in years, and to make it even crazier, I will be going with one of my greatest friends I met in high school. To add even more oddity to my high school career, it ended with me being named Prom King.
I don’t know how or why all of this happened to me. Whatever the reason is, I am completely blessed and utterly shocked by the outcome of my high school career. I’ve overcame some odds, broke the mold of a few stereotypes, and in the end, came out of high school completely proud to have come from a school that most do not want to attend. It might not be the best school, but it made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change my high school experience for the world.
As I leave high school, the only thing left to say is BOOLA, BOOLA, BITCHES! Can’t wait to join the Yale Class of 2015 in 61 days!
“It was a very tough year professionally for me and I thought about leaving teaching. Your visit several weeks back renewed my spirit and belief in what I do. Then, to receive your beautifully written letter, it cemented that this is where I’m meant to be!”—
A letter from my teacher.
My heart dropped to my knees when I read the first line. I could never imagine how my favorite teacher could ever stop teaching. She was always the teacher who would be smiling as you walked into class; who made everything you learned interesting; who gave you a hug if you were down; and who always were there to talk to you. Her impact on me was far greater than the fourth grade, and I always thought she realized how much she meant to her students. Knowing that simply just visiting her helped her realize she was meant to be a teacher makes me extremely happy and grateful that I did.
I came back from visiting my fourth grade teacher, and I had a great time talking to her class and catching up with her. It was nice seeing her for most likely the last time before I leave for college. Although it was good seeing her, what stood out today was how literally crazy teachers got once the last bus left the school. As soon as all the teachers waved by, and the school year was officially over, the teachers went insane. They:
Screamed out the top of their lungs
Shouted like the won the lotto
Danced up and down the hallways
Freak, even one of them did a damn cart wheel!
Never knew teachers could be so excited for the last day of school more than the students hahaa
Icaro Doria, a Brazilian man, working for a magazine in Portugal started this campaign using real data from the UN and flag images, he’s created whats known as Meet the World. The colors within the flags from its respective country are used to represent current, geographical relevant issues. Take a look.
Yeah I did get to meet them! I did the TOMS walk with them in April. Totally walked with Kim the whole time, jumped in a fountain and everything. They are the nicest band I have ever gotten to meet. I don't think they stopped smiling.
Okay, it’s official. I want to be you. hahaa. that’s so awesome!!! I can’t wait to see them. I’m gonna make it my mission to take a picture with them!